Drone tech offers new ways to manage climate change

An innovation providing key clues to how humans might manage forests and cities to cool the planet is taking flight. Cornell researchers are using drone technology to more accurately measure surface reflectivity on the landscape, a technological advance that could offer a new way to manage climate change. “When making predictions about climate change, it’s […]

Transforming last night’s leftovers into green energy

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a classic tale of turning trash into treasure, two different processes soon may be the favored dynamic duo to turn food waste into green energy, according to a new Cornell University-led study. “Food waste should have a high value. We’re treating it as a resource, and we’re making marketable products out […]

Stabilizing molecule could pave way for lithium-air fuel cell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Lithium-oxygen fuel cells boast energy density levels comparable to fossil fuels and are thus seen as a promising candidate for future transportation-related energy needs. Several roadblocks stand in the way of realizing that vision, however. They include poor rechargeability, reduced efficiency due to high overpotentials (more charge energy than discharge energy) and […]

Cornell conference tackles sustainable energy, food and urbanization

WHAT: Sustainability in Asia: collaboration for research and implementation WHEN: Friday, April 7, 8 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. WHERE: Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong MEDIA: Media members are asked to RSVP to Rebecca Valli in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-7701 or rv234@cornell.edu.   HONG KONG – As the world grapples […]

EU should skip LNG’s ‘bridge to nowhere’ and leap to sustainable energy

As pipeline-delivered natural gas continues to be a politically unstable energy source for Europe, officials in Brussels are exploring large-scale importation of liquefied natural gas from alternative sources – including the shale gas industry in the United States. Cornell Professor Robert Howarth, an expert on the atmospheric implications of methane, COP21 delegate and author of […]

Cornell scientists convert carbon dioxide, create electricity

ITHACA, N.Y. – While the human race will always leave its carbon footprint on the Earth, it must continue to find ways to lessen the impact of its fossil fuel consumption. “Carbon capture” technologies – chemically trapping carbon dioxide before it is released into the atmosphere – is one approach. In a recent study, Cornell […]

New battery test center adds power to New York innovation economy

ITHACA, N.Y. – The drive to replace the gasoline economy with better batteries might be accelerated thanks to unique battery testing capabilities at Cornell, and a new testing and prototyping center that the university helped to establish. The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology consortium, known as NY-BEST, and energy company DNV GL have […]

China’s ocean energy push comes with a high price

Philip Liu, Cornell professor of civil and environmental engineering, is an expert in coastal oceanography, including waves and tides, says adding tidal-flow generators to China’s coast would be a costly engineering project with significant environmental impacts. Liu says:  “It has been known for a long time that there are three major energy sources that could […]

Here comes the sun: Solar array may brighten energy future for Cornell and region

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